Product momentum for RapidIO is really skyrocketing, with a very strong outlook for the coming year.
Both the International Standards Organization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Committee (IEC) in Geneva, Switzerland, have ratified the RapidIO interconnect spec (as ISO/IEC DIS 18372) in a unanimous committee vote in late October. That makes RapidIO the only system interconnect technology so certified.
"A Significant Accomplishment"
"ISO certification is a significant accomplishment," avows Sam Fuller, president of the RapidIO Trade Association. "The ISO approval process requires that ISO standard technologies be developed in an open forum using a managed process with participation and contributions from both the vendors and the users of the technology.
"This certification caps a year of achievement and recognition for RapidIO as a high-performance embedded interconnect standard."
Milestones In 2003
Noteworthy milestones in 2003 included the fact that Spectrum Signal Processing continued to have success on delivering its Model SDR3000 software defined radio.
It uses Serial RapidIO interconnect as a board-to-board communications link. Read more about this SDR development here.
Board maker Mercury Computer Systems also delivered a RapidIO based multi-computer
system, dubbed the ImpactRT 3100. This system makes extensive use of RapidIO to connect up as many as 76 microprocessors together in a system that can provide over 60-Gigabyte/s bi-section bandwidth. Learn more by clicking here.
In the world of semiconductors, IC maker Motorola also began delivery of its PowerQUICC III microprocessors with RapidIO to OEMs designing next-generation communications equipment. Click here for details.
Back in March, Motorola also licensed its RapidIO bus functional model to the RapidIO Trade Association for design verification use by its members. Learn more by reading this news release in Acrobat file (.PDF) by clicking here.
Chip vendor Intrinsity also delivered its RapidIO equipped FastMATH, FastMIPS, and FastMATH-LP processors, and linear and DSP IC maker Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) made public its plans to add RapidIO to its next-generation TigerSHARC DSPs.
Elsewhere, task groups began mapping RapidIO to a range of form-factors, including Advanced TCA (PICMG 3.5), CompactPCI (PICMG 2.18), VME Switched Serial VXS (VITA 41.2), Switched Mezzanine XMC (VITA 42), and next-generation VME (VITA 46). Open an Acrobat file to read a news release documenting this development by clicking here.
Bus Bridges, Too
In the world of IC interconnects, Tundra Semiconductor began general sampling of its RapidIO system-interconnect products (the Tsi400 RapidIO-to-PCI Bus Bridge and the Tsi500 RapidIO Multiport Switch). Click here for details.
Tundra also entered a development agreement with Texas Instruments for RapidIO interconnect technology.
In the software domain, OSE Systems announced that its popular OSE realtime operating system (RTOS) now supports the RapidIO interface on the Motorola PowerQUICC III communications processor.
QNX Software Systems also demo'd support for the new RapidIO-compliant product line from Tundra Semiconductor running the QNX Neutrino RTOS over Tundra's RapidIO fabric, linking legacy PCI systems with the Tundra Tsi400 RapidIO-to-PCI Bus Bridge and Tsi500 Multi-port Switch products. Read more about this by clicking here.
Heavy-Hitting Annoucements Due
Several more high-profile announcements are planned by RapidIO Trade Association members in 2004 for new RapidIO-capable ASICs, DSPs, FPGAs, microprocessors, software, computer and telecom system platforms.
Available at the RapidIO Web site is information on system-enablement tools, including RapidIO vendor product lists, synthesizable Verilog cores, analog physical layer cores, logic and protocol analyzers, operating system support, bus functional models, and hardware interoperability platforms.
A list of member companies, as well as education and design tools, are available at the Web site. Have fun exploring the rapidly evolving world of RapidIO!